Marceline Day: Leading Lady to Langdon and Keaton

Born this day, Marceline Day (Marceline Newlin, 1906-2000).

Originally from Colorado Springs, and raised in Salt Lake City and Venice, California, Marceline Day was the younger sister of Alice Day, who’d become a Mack Sennett Bathing Girl in 1923. At the age of 18, Marceline joined Alice there the following year, appearing in the Harry Langdon comedy Picking Peaches. Several other comedy shorts with the likes of Langdon, Vernon Dent, and Arthur Lake followed through 1925.

In 1926, two years before her sister, Marceline became a WAMPAS Baby Star and shot rapidly ahead of Alice, now starring in features. Some of her better known silent features included The Beloved Rogue (1927) with John Barrymore, London After Midnight (1927) with Lon Chaney, and Buster Keaton’s The Cameraman (1928). She’s in some important early talkies too, like The Wild Party with Clara Bow, The Jazz Age with Douglas Fairbanks Jr and the all-star showcase Show of Shows. After this, she rapidly descended to B pictures, mostly westerns. She retired in 1933.

To learn more about early film history, please check out my book: Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to Youtube.